Denise Goldberg's blog

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

dahlia delight

I'm loving the summer flowers that decorate the gardens of Stevens-Coolidge Place.

I feel lucky to have this wonderful spot just a mile and a half down the road. Yes, that's walking distance!

dahlia delight

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


The transition of this flower from bud to open flower is fascinating; the middle stage features curled petals.

curled petals, dahlia

I believe this flower is a dahlia.

Monday, August 25, 2014


Yesterday's late afternoon garden visit painted the scenery with late summer beauty.


Sunday, August 24, 2014


a flower, folded

finding falling water

Yesterday was a good day for a visit with a friend and a bit of a wander in Maine. We headed to the north along the west side of the state, stopping often along the road between Newry and Grafton to soak in the beauty.

My favorite stop of the day was at Screw Auger Falls. We arrived just after noon on a beautiful late summer day to views that deserve multiple visits. I'd like to see it with fewer people decorating the scenery; an early arrival on an autumn day sounds enticing.

Screw Auger Falls, Maine

A few more photos can be seen in the gallery finding falling water... Maine.

Friday, August 22, 2014


A bright pink late-summer flower is reaching for sunlight.

reaching for the light

Monday, August 18, 2014

fireplace transformation

My house is ready for winter!

I live in a townhouse that had a wood-burning fireplace in the corner of the living room, a fireplace that I never used. A couple of winters ago I stuffed a big garbage bag with crumpled newspaper and air-filled plastic and placed it in the fireplace to block the cold air from the chimney. That helped, but not enough. I briefly considered ripping it out, reclaiming the corner as living space and removing a big source of cold air. That didn't feel like the right answer; a couple of months ago I made the decision to switch from a wood to a gas fireplace.

Last week brought my fireplace transformation. The old unit was pulled out, as was the pipe that formed the flue. The tiles surrounding the fireplace were pulled down, the ledge that protruded to form a sort of a bench was removed. The new gas fireplace was placed, gas lines run (outside), and construction proceeded. I had the hardwood directly in front of the fireplace and the sliding door replaced by tile. The same tile was used to replace the old tile in the entryway by the front door as well.

I managed some photos by phone to capture the daily changes.

original fireplace under construction, new fireplace in place
original fireplace ... under construction, new unit placed

new, drywall in place, tile started
drywall in place, tile started

waiting for paint
waiting for paint and finish work

It was a week-long adventure, progress greeting me when I walked into the house at the end of each work day. When I left on Friday afternoon for a weekend away the work was almost complete. I returned on Sunday to view the completed transformation.

finished, my new gas fireplace

finished, my new gas fireplace

It's mid-August and the temperature outside is perfect for comfort.

I'm not ready for winter but I'm glad that my house is!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

zoo afternoon

Funny, none of us (me, my sister, and my mom) thought twice about heading to the Philadelphia Zoo mid-day on Saturday. Hmm... it was a beautiful late summer day, sunny, warm but not too warm. Apparently oodles of people thought it was a good idea to visit the animals; the zoo was teeming with people big and small.

In spite of the crowds we managed to enjoy our wander. The highlight for me was seeing the animals use the overhead "trails" that make up Zoo360, a safe space for animals to wander between places in the zoo. I loved seeing monkeys and tigers walking just above our heads!

wandering through the Philadelphia Zoo's Zoo360, a path for (some of) the animals

a tiger stalking through the Philadelphia Zoo's Zoo360, a path for (some of) the animals

A few more photos can be seen in the gallery a few from the zoo.

Friday, August 15, 2014

a sunset sky

From high above the ground, somewhere between Boston and Philadelphia, a beautiful sunset...

the setting sun, somewhere between Boston & Philadelphia